• Located 70 miles from Yellowstone National Park, Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, is a two-year, residential college offering a blend of academic and workforce-ready programs. With 67 degree and 19 certificate options, you`ll build a foundation that will allow you to launch a career in a field suited to your passions. Each year, NWC awards more than $5 million in grants/scholarships to help lift the financial stress of paying for college-in fact, many graduate debt-free. Whether you`re interested in the outdoors or free art shows downtown, Powell has what you need to customize your college experience. During your time here, not only will you earn a degree-you`ll make memories, friendships, and genuine connections that last a lifetime.

School Highlights

Northwest College serves 1,438 students (48% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is higher than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 23%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,438 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,158
  • Out-state tuition: $5,128
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 20%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Northwest College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Wyoming for:

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School Overview

The teacher population of 120 teachers has grown by 20% over five years.
Northwest College
(WY) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
120 staff
245 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Northwest College has declined by 13% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Northwest College diversity score of 0.35 is less than the state average of 0.39. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,438 students
1,755 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
687 students
687 students
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# Part-Time Students
751 students
1,858 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
101 students
225 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
687 students
687 students
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# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
751 students
1,858 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
632 students
545 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
2%
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
9%
10%
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% Black
n/a
1%
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% White
80%
77%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
7%
2%
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% Unknown races
n/a
4%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in WY.
Diversity Score
0.35
0.39
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
2.73%
2.94%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,900
$34,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,158 is less than the state average of $2,855. The in-state tuition has declined by 36% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,128 is less than the state average of $6,991. The out-state tuition has declined by 35% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,158
$2,855
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,128
$6,991
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Tuition Notes
This rate is per semester for a student taking 15 credits.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
94%
94%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Northwest College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in WY by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$10,804
$9,323
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$4,750
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Sports

Total Sports Offered
2 sports
Sports
Volleyball, Wrestling
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Northwest College is a dynamic learning community located in Powell, Wyoming, near Yellowstone National Park. In this exceptional setting, students of all ages and backgrounds receive personal attention from a highly credentialed faculty and staff. Northwest's diverse blend of academics, access to emerging technologies, and activities equips students to think critically, to fully develop their potential, and to succeed in an ever changing world. Northwest College opened in 1946 with nearly 100 full- and part-time students and three instructors who met in classrooms borrowed from the public school district. In 1953 the name was changed to Northwest Community College, and in 1968 the college's tax base was expanded to include all of Park County. The name changed once more to Northwest College in 1989. Over the years, the quality of instruction matured, and a residential campus developed. Northwest's 124-acre campus is one of the most attractive college campuses in Wyoming. Its 57 buildings include 14 instructional facilities, four residence halls and 80 apartments for 750 students, a student center, a child care center, and a library with electronic access to other libraries. Northwest College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National League for Nursing, and National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Northwest College cost?

Northwest College's tuition is approximately $2,158 for In-State students and $5,128 for Out-State students.

What schools are Northwest College often compared to?

Northwest Collegeis often viewed alongside schools like Northern Wyoming Community College District by visitors of our site.

What sports does Northwest College offer?

Northwest College offers 2 interscholastic sports: Volleyball and Wrestling.

What is Northwest College's ranking?

Northwest College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Wyoming for: Least expensive tuition.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,438 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,158
  • Out-state tuition: $5,128
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 20%
  • Source: Verified school update

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For Wyoming public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,855 per year for in-state students and $6,991 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Wyoming community colleges have a diversity score of 0.39, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Wyoming is Central Wyoming College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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